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Tasmania's Affordable Housing Strategy

Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2015 – 2025 outlines the government’s broad strategies and key reform directions to address housing and homelessness in Tasmania. The Strategy addresses the entire housing spectrum from home ownership to affordable private rental, public and community housing and crisis accommodation. It also considers innovative partnerships between government, community and private sectors to increase access to and the supply of affordable housing into the future.

The Strategy was developed following extensive consultation with stakeholders. The University of Tasmania’s Housing and Community Research Unit with input from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) had a lead role in mapping housing pathways, identifying gaps and barriers in the system and providing expert advice in relation to possible innovations and solutions. Stakeholders from government, local councils, community housing providers, homelessness services, industry bodies and the private sector also had input into the development of the Strategy.

Affordable Housing Action Plan 2015–2019

The Affordable Housing Strategy is supported by the Affordable Housing Action Plan 2015 – 2019. The Action Plan sets out specific actions and initiatives to deliver new affordable supply, better access into affordable homes and rapid assistance out of homelessness. The Action Plan identifies eight immediate initiatives and 19 Actions supported by an allocation by the Government of $73.5 million. There are also two housing related initiatives under Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015 - 2020.

The Government is on track to assist over 1 600 households including 941 affordable lots and homes by June 2019 under this Action Plan.

Affordable Housing Action Plan 2019 – 2023

The next Affordable Housing Action Plan 2019 – 2023 is currently under development. During 2018 a formal consultation process occurred to seek feedback on the first Action Plan and to generate new ideas for consideration for the next Action Plan. Key stakeholders and advocacy groups from the community, industry and local government sectors were involved in the consultation.

The next Affordable Housing Action Plan 2019 – 2023 will be released in March 2019.

Implementation and Reporting

Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2015 - 2025 sets the key outcomes to measure the success of the Government’s strategies over the 10 year period to improve housing affordability in Tasmania, which are:

  • A decrease in the proportion of low income Tasmanians experiencing housing stress
  • A decrease in the proportion of Tasmanians experiencing homelessness

Specific outcomes and deliverables are outlined in the Affordable Housing Action Plan 2015 - 2019.

The Department of Communities Tasmania is responsible for delivery of the actions and initiatives and monitors progress against the Action Plan. Progress against targets are outlined in the Quarterly Housing Reports.

Strategy and Action Plan

Quarterly Reports